Author Archive | Linda Bloomfield

Porcelain bottle collection

Colour

Recently I have noticed a beautiful pink-grey-mustard colour combination in art, prints, textiles and interior design.   I have made a collection of porcelain bottles with the same colour combination. The bottle shapes are inspired by the still life paintings of Giorgio Morandi. The glazes are all made from raw materials in my studio. The […]

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Barium matt glazes

Matt glazes

I have recently finished teaching my glaze courses at West Dean and Morley College. Several students were interested in barium matt glazes. As barium carbonate is a toxic material, many colleges have changed to using strontium carbonate. While strontium carbonate is not toxic, it still may contain a small amount of barium carbonate, so care […]

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Studio drawings

Last week artist Sophie Glover came to my studio. She is making a large series of drawings of people working in their studios. She is really good at telling a story, showing multiple stages in the making process and picking out interesting details. I love the illustration of the wedging process and the wobbly bowl being thrown […]

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SBS winner Linda Bloomfield with Theo Paphitis

Small Business Sunday

On Friday I went by train to Birmingham for my third visit to the annual get together of Small Business Sunday winners. Every Sunday evening, Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den, shopkeeper, entrepreneur and owner of Ryman and Robert Dyas, chooses six small businesses from those who Tweet to him about their business on Twitter. Every […]

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Ceramic bottles inspired by Morandi

Maison et Objet Paris 2016

I have been exhibiting in Paris at Maison et Objet with the British European Design Group. I took a selection of my Morandi inspired bottles and vases as well as my handmade tableware range. The new collection was very well received by the press and buyers, particularly French and Swiss. Unfortunately, after the recent terrorist […]

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The Great Pottery Throw Down

I have really been looking looking forward to this series. The producers had phoned me to ask questions about how long it takes to make, glaze and fire a pot, so I was pleased when they asked me to send some of my pots to feature on the show. I was not disappointed; my nesting bowls […]

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Tokyo

I have been in Tokyo for a week on a trade mission and showcase of British fashion and lifestyle brands at the British Embassy. Japanese buyers were invited to the two-day showcase at the Ambassador’s residence, and there was also a reception in the evening of the first day. I met some lovely Japanese buyers […]

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Geology for potters

I am currently writing a book on Science for Potters for the American Ceramics Society. An extract on Geology for Potters has been published in Ceramics Monthly November 2015. Many potters use locally sourced clays and rocks in their clay bodies, slips and glazes. While researching for my book, I have become interested in geology […]

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Autumn shows

I recently exhibited at Decorex with Design Nation. Decorex is a high-end interior design show held in a marquee in Syon Park. Liz Cooper of Design Nation curated a beautiful stand with the theme Future Heritage. There was a lot of buzz about crafts at the show, with a stand of Future Heritage crafts curated by […]

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